Sunday, July 12, 2020

Fluttering Around



Hello! Today I am playing with a butterfly stamp from Repeat Impressions and I have created two different cards with the same stamp but for two different occasions. On the first card (right) I stamped the butterfly 3 times on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics.  I added some stitches with black thread to connect the butterflies in flight. Stamped the Repeat Impressions Happy Birthday with the same black ink.  Finished with a mat of Black cardstock and Yellow card base. 
For the second card I started with a background of Patterned Paper from Our Daily Bread Designs Shabby Rose collection.  I stamped the butterfly twice with DOI Frayed Burlap on an Ivory CS and colored with Copics. Then I fussy cut the two butterflies and attached to the background with foam tape. Stamped a Repeat Impressions sentiment with the Frayed Burlap ink and added some rose colored sequins. Used a Glossy Ecru card base.  This all purpose card can be used for many occasions.
Challenges:
Twofer Card Challenge: #29 Create two different designs for two different occasions using the same stamps. This month prompt is Butterflies.
The House That Stamps Built: Tic Tac Toe Challenge JL820. Used top row Patterned Paper, Butterflies, Sequins.
Double D Challenges: Stitching.  Used black thread to make actual stitches.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Paper.





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Theresa


Saturday, July 11, 2020

Leftovers Served for Christmas Cards



Hello! Today I have 2 Christmas cards both using die cuts and negative space leftover from die cuts. 
The top card uses the negative leftover from white card stock that I cut with a GKD Christmas word die.  I trimmed the white panel and placed over a strip of Glimmering Gold foil that I had left from another project.  I inked the edges with a Pilot Metallic Gold Marker. Added the word Merry that I die cut with a Cheery Lynn die from the same foil. Finished with a Red Velvet card base.  


The second card uses the leftover negative from a strip of the Glimmering Gold Foil that I placed on to a card base of White Cardstock with glue.  I cut a frame from Gold Metallic CS with rectangle dies and attached to the card. Finished with the word Merry cut with Cheery Lynn die from White CS. Edged the finished card with the Pilot Metallic Gold marker.
I created 2 simple and quick cards using leftovers and scraps.
Challenges:
613 Avenue Challenge: #235 Anything Goes w optonal twist the Sentiment as the  Focal
Die Cut Divas: Christmas in July
AAA Cards: CAS Game #169 Made in minutes + optional twist Christmas in July
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #498 Anything Christmas goes with Optional Theme use Red.



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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Christmas Wishes with a Wreath


Hello!  I have another Christmas card for my stash that I made with a Wreath and Sentiment stamp from Repeat Impressions.  I stamped the wreath with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics. I added shine to the ribbon with Sakura Stardust pen.  I cut the image with a Spellbinders round die and attached to a Green Cardstock circle cut with Lawn Fawn stitched die.  I place d this on a background of Polka Dot Patterned Paper and then a white card base. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed twice with Gold EP. 

Challenges:
The House That Stamps Built: DCCJL120 Christmas in July
Tuesday Throwdown: #461 Polka Dots
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Alway about using Patterned Paper.
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog: MLCCB #24 Anything Christmas Goes
Double D Challenges: Stitches Challenge. I used die with stitches. 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

More Christmas



Hello! I am playing with more Foil-mates from GKD to create a Christmas card.  I used a panel of Holiday Flora that I laminated with GKD Red Velvet Foil. I trimmed this and attached to a card base of White CS. I stamped and embossed the sentiment from Joyful Holiday and poinsettia from Holiday Wreath Builder on a strip of white CS using Versamark and Red EP.  I added a strip of red foil beneath and added to the card. Finished with a couple of Pearls.
It is so hard to get a good photo of cards with foil because of the  reflection of the shine. But I did the best that I could.
Challenges:
Monthly Mix Challenge at GKD: Christmas in July
613 Avenue Create: #235 Anything Goes with optional twist Sentiment as Focus


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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Christmas in July


Welcome to the studio!  The month of July is a great time to start making holiday cards since it is so hot outside and this is a way to stay cool! I created this Christmas card with some supplies from GKD including the large Snowflakes Foil-mates that I foiled with Glimmer Gold Foil using a laminator. I stamped the word Christmas with Versamark and embossed with Gold EP and cut with GKD Die from Seasonal Sentiments set. I attached this to a strip of Red Velvet CS and stamped and embossed  the word Merry using a part of a stamp from Holiday Wreath builder.  I assembled the card on a card base of the Red Velvet CS.
Challenges:
Monthly Mix Challenge at GKD: Christmas in July
Shopping Our Stash Challenge: #424 Hanukkah/Christmas in July
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog: MLCCB #24 Anything Christmas Goes
Christmas Cards All Year Round: July Cool It! Featuring snowflakes on my card.
Die Cut Divas: Christmas in July

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Guest Designer for Retro Rubber Challenge #138

Hello! Welcome to my studio. I have not spent much time here for the last few weeks but I am back now to post as a guest designer for one of my favorite card challenges   Retro Rubber.  This great challenge gives me  an opportunity to use some of my oldie but goodie stamps. 


The theme for the challenge is Anything Goes and you must use stamps older than a year.  For my card I have reached back in time to 2011 to use a stamp set from Flourishes ( no longer around) designed by  Marcella Hawley.  The Zinnia set is one of my favorites and I have used it many times.  I stamped the Zinnias on white card stock with Memento Toffee Crunch ink and colored with Copics using my favorite color combo of pink and green.  I added some highlights and accents with colored pencils and a gold gelly roll metallic pen. I stamped the sentiment from the same set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I trimmed the image with a Spellbinder scalloped oval die and placed on a background of patterned paper from DCWV Hello Darlin' stack. I attached this to a Pink card base.  I finished with some Dewdrops that I have had in my stash for many years. 



Please pull out some of your older stamps and join in the fun at Retro Rubber Challenge. You have until July 10 to enter.
Thanks to all the design team at Retro Rubber for inviting me to be a guest designer....it was an honor.

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Theresa

Monday, June 29, 2020

Vase of Flowers


Hello! I am sharing a simple card that I made with a sticker from a set that I purchased at a Dollar Store last week.  Of course I was not there for more craft supplies but I could not resist buying these puffy stickers from Paper Crafts.  I attached the Vase of Flowers sticker to an oval of white CS and then layered some leftover die cuts of green and yellow and then a layer of White CS and a card base of blue.  I just love this dimensional sticker with beautiful colors. Finished with a sentiment from GKD stamped in Memento Green ink. 
Challenges: 
Color Throwdown : ctd599 Colors Pink, Blue, Green, Yellow
Alphabet Challenge: F is for Flora or Fauna. Used flora. 


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Wishes for You


Hello!  My card today was inspired by the Inspiration Palette Challenge J1720 at The House That Stamps Built shown below.  I used a old stamp from my stash that I stamped on white cardstock with Memento inks and colored lightly with Copics.  I trimmed the image and matted with 2 cardstocks with colors inspired by the photo.  I attached this to a darker color mat and then to a card base.  I stamped one of my favorites sentiments from Repeat Impressions with Versamark and heat embossed with Green Pearl EP.  This is a card that can be used for several events. 
Other challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Design: Anything Goes: 

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Shaping Up with Succulents



Hello!  I am back playing with another Creative Confetti Challenge.  This one is  Shape Up!-create making shapes take center stage.  I chose to use the shapes of circles, ovals, squares and rectangles. And I found a DCWV Patterned Paper featuring hexagons with gold foil accents to use as my background. I stamped 4 images from Power Poppy Sassy Succulents set on white cardstock and colored with Copics  using colors pulled from the patterned paper. I trimmed the images using Spellbinder dies and attached to mats of Metallic Gold CS.  I arranged the shapes on the hexagon paper popping up the 2 smaller images with foam.   I edged the background panel with Pilot Gold Metallic marker before attaching to a white card base. I attached the sentiment from the same stamp set with Versamark and embossed with Gold EP.   I thought the words "We're All in this Together" were appropriate for this card in today's time. Is it not interesting the stamp set was created in 2014?  What was Marcella thinking when she included this sentiment in the set?
Challenges:
Creative Confetti Challenge: Shape Up!
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Paper.


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Theresa

Saturday, June 27, 2020

A Box of Zinnias


Hello!  One of the challenges at Creative Confetti this month is All Boxed Up-put your image in a boxed shape/layout for graphic punch.  So what I did was to put an image of Zinnias in a box that I created with Patterned Paper. On white cardstock, I stamped the Zinnias from an older set designed by Marcella Hawley and colored with Copics.  Then I added my box that I designed from patterned paper and stamped the sentiment from the same set.  Finished with a card base of another patterned paper with glitter that coordinated with the box. 

Challenges:
Creative Confetti Challenge: Always boxed up.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using patterned paper. 



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Wish For a Camellia


Hello!  I have been playing with the sketch challenge from Tuesday Morning Sketches and  using Power Poppy Simply Camellias set to create my card.  I stamped the Camellias with Memento Tuxedo Black on white card stock and colored with Copic Markers. I extended the image by adding another camellia by stamping and fussy cutting the additional flower.  I used a Fiskars border punch with pink cardstock to create a border on each side of the image and attached to a card base of green cardstock.  Finished with a sentiment from Power Poppy Dahlia XL set that I stamped and embossed on pink Vellum die cut with a label die. 
Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches: Sketch # 560
Creative Confetti Challenge: What's your wish? Share a flower that you wish you had in your garden. Would love to grow camellias but they do not fare well in our Ohio weather. 
Always Fun Challenge: #168 Anything Goes



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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

More Pink Tulips


Hello! I do love pink tulips and I use the color combo of pink and green a lot. I have several favorite stamps with tulips and one of them is this one from Repeat Impressions.  I stamped it on white cardstock with Memento Black ink and colored with Copics.  I stamped the vase portion again on patterned paper from DCWV and then fussy cut  and paper pieced on the image.   Used the same pattern for the background but embossed it with an Argyle EF.  I trimmed the image with an oval die and cut a pink mat with an  Eyelet Oval die both from Heartfelt Creations.  I assembled the card on a pink card base. 

Check out the Pink Tulips in my blog header.  They are the Angelique tulips blooming in my garden.

Challenges:
The House That Stamps Built: Challenge DCC M620 Spring Flowers
Happy Little Stampers: May Challenge Anything Goes with a Die
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Paper

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Theresa

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Inspiring Poppies



Hello! I made this card for the Monthly Mix Challenge Lean On Me at Gina K Designs which is to create a card of encouragement and to decorate a matching envelope.  I chose stamps from GKD Inspiring Poppies and used a vase stamp from GKD Buds & Vases.  I stamped the flowers on white card stock by inking the stamp with Memento Green and Pink inks using markers and ink cubes. I colored the images with Copics. I stamped the vase with Memento Gray over  the flowers but also stamped it on Vellum and embossed with Clear EP and fussy cut.  I attached it to the card with Vellum Tape. Added the sentiment with Memento Bamboo Leaves ink and glued on some Dewdrops.  Finished the card with a card base of GKD Grass Green card stock. I created a matching envelope by stamping and coloring the Inspired Poppies on the front corner to match the card.  I seem to make a lot of cards using a favorite combo of Pink and Green.
Challenges:
 Monthly Mix Challenge:  Lean On Me-For this challenge, all you have to do is create a card of encouragement!  AND you must decorate a matching envelope. 


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Bouquet de Lavande


Hello!  I am again playing with flower stamps to create another floral theme card, my favorite.  I inked the Lavender stamp directly with Memento Markers using lavenders, grays, and greens and stamped on White Card stock. I have not used this technique of inking colors directly on a stamp in awhile. I filled in some of the image with Copics after stamping.  I cut an opening in a mat of lavender cardstock with a fancy oval die and then embossed the opening with a larger die creating a embossed frame around the image.  Added a Purple Satin ribbon from stash and then attached to a Purple card base.  Finished with the stamp "Bouquet de Lavande" in DOI Wilted Violet. This card was inspired by the mood board challenge at Double D.  All stamps from Power Poppy Lavender set.
Challenges:
Double D Challenge:  Lavenders, Lilac, Purple Challenge.
Retro Rubber Challenge: #134 Spring Flowers. Have had  Power Poppy stamps about 5 years, dated 2014.
The House That Stamps Built: Tic Tac Toe Challenge M1320 Used Die Cut, Embossing, Ribbon.


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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Spring Tulips


Welcome to my studio!  I am having fun revisiting some of favorite older stamps.  Today I have used a favorite tulip stamp by PSX dated 2001.  Isn't it nice when stamps are dated? But some of these stamps make me feel so old.
I stamped the Tulips with Memento Rich Cocoa, which is less harsh than using black ink. I colored the image with Copics-I no longer list all the numbers because I used quite a few markers in coloring this image.  I trimmed the image with a fancy oval die...the maker is no longer remembered by me but the die is a silver color. If someone knows the maker, please share that information with me.  One of the challenges of card making that I enjoy is matching the right patterned paper with an image.  For this design, I chose a pattern from MME Memorable pad and used it with a white card base.  I liked the look of this card as is and decided not to add a sentiment or any other enhancement. Will used the inside of the card to add a sentiment when I decide to use the card.
Challenges:
Retro Rubber Challenge:  #134 Spring Flowers. The tulips on this 2001 stamp are some of my favorite spring flowers.  Have had this stamp at least 18 years.
Stamping Sensations: May Challenge Say it with Flowers.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Papers.
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says use Dies or Punches.
CAS on Friday: Challenge # 179 Use favorite flower stamp.






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An Oldie and A Favorite


Hello! That's the message that my card with spring flowers is sending.  I used a very old stamp dated 1999- one of my first PSX stamps and also one of my very favorites.  I stamped the Hydrangeas with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white cardstock and colored with Copics and a white pencil for highlights. While looking for a background I came across a forgotten bag of papers and ribbon from Club Scrap, which I think was a long ago garage sale buy. Anyway the heavy weight and textured papers, one a pattern of greens and purples and one a solid green, were perfect to go with my Hydrangeas.  Added 2 of the grosgrain ribbons to the image before attaching to the patterned paper and the solid card base. Finished with the die cut word Hello stamped on clear vellum with DOI Wilted Violet.  The stamp and die are by Gina K Designs.  I was excited to discover the forgotten stash of papers and ribbons. 
Challenges:
Double D Challenges: Lavenders~Lilac~Purple any other colors included on the mood board with 'purples' the main focus.  Used purple Copics for coloring. 
Retro Rubber Challenge: #134 Spring Flowers. PSX Stamp is over 20 years old!
Use Your Stuff: #397 Flowers and/or Butterflies
The House That Stamps Built: DCCM620 Spring Flowers
As You Like It Challenge: Favorite color to pair with Purple and why?  I love purple flowers and it is only natural to pair purple with green, don't you agree?
Stamping Sensations: May Challenge-Say it with Flowers.


Another Photo of Card
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Friday, May 8, 2020

Trying Retiform Technique


Hello! Wednesday I posted a card that was very quick to create and today I have 2 cards that took quite a bit of time to create. Just finding the stamps that I used took a bit of time.  I used the retiform technique that I saw on a Gina K video.  This technique uses sticky notes and sponges to mask off areas of the card and then stamp in each area.  I used mostly Gina K Design stamps from Gifts from the Sea for my first try at the technique.  The sentiment is from another GKD set. The bird head on left is a Repeat Impressions stamp. Other Supplies: White CS, Brown CS, Memento Inks, Distress Oxide Inks.  
Challenges:
Krafty Chicks Challenge: 506 Week Stamp Act-use some form of stamps.
Love To Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB #46 Anything Goes
Mix It Up Challenge Blog: MIUCB#37 Anything Goes + Masking. Lot of masking on this card.


My second card using the Retiform technique was made for Mother's Day.  I used stamps from several GKD sets including Whimsical Wildflowers, A Year of Flowers 2, Birds & Blossoms, Handmade Botanicals, and Needle Works. Other supplies: White CS, Coral CS, Memento Inks, Distress Oxide Inks, Copics.  
Challenges to Enter: 
Always Fun Challenges: #161 Female or Mom Cards
Use Your Stuff: #397 Flowers and/or Butterflies
Shopping Our Stash Challenge: #419 Happy Mother's Day
Modsquad Challenge: Mother's Day- use word Mother.  Hope word Mom counts. 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Burst of Flowers


Hello!  Monday, I was inspired by the post on Power Poppy by Julie when she showed a quick way to create a card using stippling to add a burst of color.  I was so inspired that I made this quick card which took just a few minutes to make.  I followed the steps she used and  used the same Memento green inks that she used but used Memento red inks for the flowers but they showed up looking more pink than red.  I used Power Poppy Geraniums Take Two set for my image and a sentiment from Dahlias XL set.  I added some splatters of green to the image.  I trimmed the image with Lawn Fawn Stitched Circle die and placed on a background of a patterned paper from Pink Paislee Color Wash pad.  Used a white card base.  Other supplies: Stipple Brushes, Water brush.  Loved how this turned out and how quickly it came together.  Thanks to Julie for the inspiration. 
Challenges:
Creative Confetti Challenge: Quick Color-add a quick splash of color to a card creation. I already had this card completed and it fits the latest challenge.
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says use dies or punches. Use circle die. 
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Paper
Use Your Stuff: #397 Flowers and/or Butterflies
Retro Rubber Challenge: #134 Spring Flowers.  My geranium stamp is from 2014.


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Monday, May 4, 2020

Keep Your Distance


Hello! I am playing today with the Creative Confetti Challenge Keep Your Distance-challenge is to space out images on your creation.  I chose the Coreopsis stamp from Power Poppy Vibrant Thanks set and stamped it  3 times on a white cardstock with Memento Black Ink and colored with Copics and a Memento marker.  Stamped the sentiments from the same set with the black ink and embossed with clear EP.  Did a bit of sponging with DOI Peeled Paint and attached to a GKD Green card base.


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       Theresa

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Traveling by Train


Hello!  The latest challenge at The Library Challenge is The Girl on the Train.  I read this book sometime ago but I remember it had several surprises as Rachael searched for answers and discovered many things as she investigated (explored) the lives of people that she saw from the train. I thought the sentiment that I used on my card somewhat reflected the story of the book.  My steam engine train is not really the right kind of train from the book but it was the stamp that I have and I used the colors from the cover. Other supplies: Gina K. Designs stamps, Copics, Memento Black Ink, Red, Black and White Cardstocks, Darice Embossing Folder.
Challenges:
Always Fun Challenge: #160 Embossing Folders
The Library Challenge: #58 The Girl on the Train



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Saturday, May 2, 2020

You Make Me Smile


Welcome!  Hope all is well with you. Today I am playing with the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I chose some patterned papers from First Edition Paper's Blank Canvas pad and used Gina K Designs stamps to create a fancy fold design. Photo below shows open card. 
Other supplies: Circle Dies, Flower Die, Black Ink, Distress Oxide Ink Abandoned Coral and Peeled Paint, White CS. 
Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #552 Sketch shown below.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using patterned papers.

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